These Far-Right Fringe Conspiracies Are Driving the Anti-Lockdown Protests - 2020-04-20
The culture wars have come for coronavirus, and a mixed buffet of right-wingers — including armed militias, Proud Boys, QAnon conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers, and Infowars — are helping to drive the conversation.
Over the weekend, thousands of protesters in at least 22 states defied stay-at-home orders to rally outside government buildings and demand that officials reopen their economies. There are protests planned in nine more states this week.
While a lot of the protesters are frustrated Americans reacting emotionally to the soaring unemployment numbers resulting from lockdown measures, their numbers are bolstered by some conspiracy-oriented groups bringing fringe messaging into the conversation.